I have been waiting for their wedding for the longest time.
I hope you got the chance to look at Andrew + Eva’s portraiture session in Cockatoo Island. Check it out if you haven’t because they are so natural and awesome in front of my camera.
I am serious as this was supposed to be the first time that my wedding coverage was being documented for the purpose of photography education (www.wikischoolpedia.com). I thought I would have the best time shooting.
But God definitely had a different plan than mine. It was as expected according to the plan until just after the church ceremony. It was until we found out one of our camera bag was mugged (roughly valued around AUD$2,500 in total). And also about the same time, the rain started to pour. I felt that my mood suddenly became so gloomy. It was seriously one of the toughest time in my career to be professional, to stay focus on why I was hired in the first place. With such high expectation on myself, I was suddenly dropped back to earth. I kept telling myself constantly “I am here to show my awesomeness, nothing could change that”.
The video documentation of “me in action” was initially purposely to cover how I do on the day. Now not only that, but also it covers how I showed my profesionalism on the day regardless of what’s going on. I still demanded for more photos as per my usual habit:P, I still showed my creative flair in every shot and I still stayed focus on giving everything I got for this wedding. Thank God, He had a different vision than my original plan.
As soon as we arrived at the reception, I was straightaway started to work on SDE video and juggled to shoot a bit of portraiture at the venue. So nothing changed. But honestly, I admit my body and mind was so tired. I kept fighting against myself. I wanted to give up editing this SDE. Editing Same Day Edit (SDE) video itself is hard, but under this mental condition, it was super extremely difficult. I guess this is what professionalism is all about right?? We always pull up something we proud of regardless.
But I am glad we made it! Big thanks to my team on the day to assist me to stay our feet on the ground.
Yes, as this post is titled, the SDE video is a musical fusion video.
A week before the wedding, we had a meeting to discuss the schedule of the wedding day. It was the first time I learned how they always thought their ideal wedding was with music surrounding them. It’s not a surprise knowing Eva studied a music theatre vocal and Andrew is a professional wedding musician (I caught him in action in Felix + Dianne’s wedding ). Anyway, that’s how we came up with the idea doing musical as something that fits well to their personalities. Otherwise, I wouldn’t think to do it if it’s not them. It’s personal. From that meeting, we then communicated via email and finally they picked the song “For the longest time” by Billy Joel as the song that would haunt them for the rest of their life
All the process of why, how and the making were documented. I really can’t wait working on that project so people can see how we came up with the idea, how we did it and how we delivered it on the presentation. The video will be available later in the future.
Without further ado, here is the sde fusion video (Had a few cosmetic fix on the video after the presentation).
This is my first concept wedding in my career. The concept for this musical is how in the morning of their wedding Andrew and Eva dreamt how their wedding is going to be like.
For people who knows me well, I try to advise couples to avoid spending too much time in portraiture in the wedding. I prefer to call myself a photojournalist wannabe. So wedding concept is never appropriate in any wedding I shoot. Well, it’s different story for the session that is intended for portraiture session. The idea of my ideal wedding is all about real moment. But I do this because once again you can see from the video of how their personalities are there from the beginning till the end. I am just there to help to create the magic as the moments were all there.
I am sure most wedding videographers have their wishes to shoot some kind of musical because it’s darn cute. IMHO, I couldn’t find any decent one on the web for weddings. It’s simply because it’s too difficult to produce something that is a concept and yet story-telling about the wedding in such tight-schedule events like weddings. With the idea of fusion, I think I can tell the fun bit from the musical and also the story of the wedding from the images. This is a perfect example of how I think the fusion video in weddings should be.
I couldn’t think of any better couple to do a better job than Andrew + Eva and the gank. They were so into it. And they have full 100% faith on me. Here is some footage that we took during the SDE fusion video presentation at their reception.
Their reactions will motivate me everyday to do better. I guess I learned from this wedding. Gears are expensive to buy but satisfied couples are priceless.
And here is what Andrew and Eva posted on my facebook as soon as their wedding reception was wrapped up.
I was lucky to have supportive couples such Andrew and Eva throughout my career. That’s the reason I keep challenging myself until today. I think I gained another level of experience from this wedding.
I’ll post later in the future my favourite images from this wedding.
Andrew and Eva, thank you thank you thank you for your faith on me and our team. I hope you still had a great time at your wedding knowing that I had a bit of unfortunate incidents.